Originally Posted by DeepFrz
Zan, if you want to have an outboard when you get back I would suggest you store it below as well.
I really did get a chuckle from that one
I was going use a light chain and lock on the outboard but your point is well taken.
I have a company who will freshwater pickle the salt-water-laden systems and will also check my batteries and bilges monthly. I'm doing an oil change on both the genset and diesel and they've told me that I don't need to top off the last gallons on the diesel tank sinced the temperature variation here isn't enough to cause condensations and water in the tank. I'm going to find a person to donate my 2-stroke fuel to - it is just a bit of money and the risk of the fuel turning to lacquer isn't worth it.
I've taken the advice and stored the mainsail - it was a LOT
less work than the genoa and probably only took 30 minutes to lower, carry to a field and carefully flake and store. The only downside is that here in the marina the light groundswell is causing the roller mechanism to bang onto the mast, but that is only going to be for one more night in any case
Boric acid is available at the pharmacy (and I have some condensed milk) and I can get mothballs at the store as well as a goodly supply of roach motels.
I've put some bleach in all the water tanks and have topped them off and I think that I've pretty much got everything taken care of, thanks to advice from this forum. The dinghy is going up on deck tomorrow, the outboard belowdecks and I might have time to get one last set of dives done before continuing on to where I can see the southern cross!